Praia da Pipa is a small beach town in Northeast Brazil that has been quite popular over the past 3 decades with both brazilian and foreign travelers and it’s easy to see why, as this really represents life at it’s very best if you ask me.
Wake up in the morning, have a coffee in my hammock. Then go to a stunning beach with stunning girls. Wander back to town for a couple of afternoon beers, before heading to the main street for a few caipirinhas, with a nice mix of international bohemian travelers and stunning women. This is my life when I am in Praia da Pipa.
It started with the hippies.
Like many other fantastic beach resorts, it all started with the hippies discovering the place in the 1960’s and 70’s. This goes for Pipa too, where the hippies made the world aware that this place was special.
And Praia da Pipa is still a little hippie and it’s also a surf place.
The good thing about Praia da Pipa is that the area that surrounds Praia da Pipa is a protected natural reserve and that puts a limit to the development you can have there, so the place is not littered with big ugly high rise hotels from Hilton, Marriot, Sheraton and so on. They can build hotels there, but only if they stick to the rules which means not turning it in to a high rise Mc Shit resort.
The beach is long at Praia da Pipa.
If you worry that you might just have a little strip of beach where everyone goes, then you do not need to worry. The beach at Praia da Pipa is several kilometers long and you have nice facilities with beach bars and so along the beach. Nothing big and fancy, but just little beach huts with basic food and drink for sale. Just the way I like it 🙂
Praia da Pipa is not without problems.
Of course you will have some problems when you stick a few hundred tourists in one spot and Praia da Pipa has some too. One of the main problems is that the terrain is quite elevated and the local infrastructure is not very good, so you have a lot of traffic chaos when getting in and out of town.
There is also a bit of a drug scene in Praia da Pipa, but I have to say that it is easily avoided, but when you have young people from around the world partying and fucking their brains out, then you will mostly find drugs too.
Praia da Pipa is so much better than anything you find in Europe or Southeast asia.
I might just burn my fingers a little with this headline, but I like brazilian beaches so much more than the ones we have in Europe or the ones that I have been to in Southeast Asia. I love that the beaches in Brazil are a meeting point for the locals and you are never stuck partying only with other foreigners. The brazilians will always be here and party with you, both men and women. In Europe, the beaches are mostly dead boring, either with people sun tanning by themselves or with people sitting in groups. In Southeast Asia, I often miss some interaction between locals and foreigners, except when the locals come to sell the foreigners something. This is why I love the beaches of Brazil and why I love praia da Pipa. Going to the beach at Praia da Pipa means interacting with brazilians and that is a very good reason to go there if you ask me.